Brain injuries: Military.com this morning reports that as many as 360,000 service members have suffered some type of traumatic brain injury while deployed. If there is an upside, the vast majority of them have been concussions that required no treatment. The story can be found here.
Rumor has it: that SGT. Mark may put fingers to keyboard here soon. It's been about 10 months, which is a healthy case of writer's block. We shall see.
Full moon, Friday the 13th, the Ides of March: I'm not superstitious or anything but I think I will lay low for the next few days.
What dogs can teach us: This is from an e-mail that Gayle received:
". . . if a dog was the teacher, YOU would learn things like:
* When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
* Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
* Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
* Take naps.
* Stretch before rising.
* Run, romp, and play daily.
* Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
* Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
* On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
* On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
* When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
* Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
* Be loyal.
* Never pretend to be something you're not.
* If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
* When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
THESE ARE GOOD TIPS ~~ ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!"
I would add from our border collie: When you have some extra time, find a tennis ball and go play (i.e. exercise).